The date for 2017 is official: August 12. Registration is now open at Ultrasignup.
The course is going to mostly be the same as last year. The only things that might change are the hard left turn at Wild Willy which many runners missed (I blame the guy who marked the course), and the biathlon shooting range. It really depends upon the condition of the trail this year, and it’s far too early to tell. There will be updates well before the run date.
With all the positive feedback, I’ve decided to hold the Falcon Fatass again in 2017. The tentative date is Saturday, August 12.
The inaugural 2016 Falcon Fatass was a smashing success! In total, 18 runners started which is well over half of the registered participants. Not bad for a free event!
We had 8 50k finishers, and 10 did-something-differents. I believe I can speak for everyone when I say that we all had a great time. Even the weather was smiling on us.
The trail proved to be on the slow size, due to the massive (for Manitoba) elevation change and technical footing. It probably didn’t help times out too much that there was a party going on in the parking lot which the runners had to pass through 6 times on the way to the finish.
Results are now up on Ultrasignup for those who completed the full 50k. For everything who did something different, I figured it wouldn’t be fair for them to have a DNF on their record.
Nothing earth-shattering, just a few things to note:
I’ve been asked by a few runners what the terrain was like. In my opinion, it’s typical Canadian Shield terrain, perhaps with a bit “easier” running due to the ski hill nature of it (as in, it’s had rocks removed). Rest assured there are plenty of rocks and roots on the back half of the course.
The hills are generally larger but fewer than those at Spruce Woods Ultra. Most of the elevation gain is in 3 hills in the first half of the course.
The course will be flagged. Thanks go out to Trail Run Manitoba for lending the flags. All flags will follow the usual TRM modus operandi: Keep the flags on the left. If they are on your right, you’re going the wrong way. The course is a clockwise loop, so if you see flags going off in different directions (and you will in at least three places), go left. I will be reminding everybody of the above right before the run starts.
Try to get to the run a bit early (about 15 minutes) so you have time to get last-minute instructions.
Don’t forget to bring water. Ice might be a good idea too, as the high is 26C.
There will be a sign-in/out sheet so we can keep track of numbers still out on the course and know when we can start pulling flags. If you plan on doing something different (DSD), please mark that down on the sign-in sheet.
Lastly, there are no bathrooms available at the parking lot. There is a small chance they might be open, but don’t count on it. Your best best is the public outhouses in the picnic area after you cross the causeway. https://www.google.ca/maps/place/49%C2%B040’44.1%22N+95%C2%B018’48.6%22Wemail@example.com,-95.315693,499m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d49.678916!4d-95.313499?hl=en
I have been asked if there is a relay option. The beauty of a fatass run is that it’s all completely off-the-record and entirely flexible. So, yes! If you want to run it as a relay then you can.
The only thing I ask is that one person from the relay team sign up and notify me that you are doing the run as a relay so we can keep track of numbers out on the course.
All mix-ups have been ironed out, and registration is now open!
Apologies for anybody waiting for the registration to begin. I am having a slight SNAFU with Ultrasignup getting the registration page started. Stay tuned.